Once you have found a suitable property, we will ask you to come into the office
in order for us to talk you through the application and referencing process.
You will be asked to pay an administration fee which will hold the property for
you while references and credit checks are undertaken.
It is worth warning your employer and previous landlord (if applicable) that they
will be contacted for a reference so they can respond in good time.
If you know of any reason why you may fail a credit check or reference you
should mention it to us before paying the fee, as it is non-refundable once we
start the checks. You may still be able to pass the referencing as long as you
have declared any issues beforehand rather than waiting for them to show up
on a check, which will automatically fail you.
You will also be asked for some form of Photo I.D. and proof of your current
address. If you are in the country on a visa and work permit, you must ensure
that they will remain valid for the whole term of the tenancy.
Once the referencing checks are passed, we will agree a date with you to move
in and prepare the tenancy agreement for you to read and sign.
You will be asked to pay the first month's rent and the deposit (usually the
equivalent of 6 weeks rent) so that the funds have cleared into our account by
the tenancy start date.
Our tenancy agreements are set for the initial minimum period of 6 months and
then roll onto a "Periodic Tenancy" which means you can give the Landlord one
months' notice or he can give you two months' notice after the initial term.
Many agents will insist on renewing the tenancy agreement every six months
and will charge you for the privilege, but here at Matthew's we prefer to leave
things more flexible so you can move on when it is convenient for you. If
you would prefer a longer tenancy or six monthly renewals however, we can
certainly negotiate that for you.
The lettings team here at Matthew's are all very friendly, highly qualified and
experienced so you can rest assured that renting through us will be hassle-free.